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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Borrowdale Joins Charlton (On Loan)

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Charlton Official Site - Borrowdale borrowed from Rangers
- Charlton have signed Queens Park Rangers left-back Gary Borrowdale on an emergency 28-day loan, the AdPutzs confirmed on Thursday morning.
- The 24-year-old will be available to play six games for the AdPutzs, with his initial temporary spell expiring after the home fixture with Colchester United on Tuesday, April 13th.

Borrowdale will go straight into the Charlton squad for Saturday's crunch clash with Kent rivals Gillingham, and manager Phil Parkinson was delighted to bring the player to The Valley.

He told the official website: "We're pleased to get Gary on board. I think everyone realises that we need a recognised left-back and Gary is a quality player with a natural left foot who gives us balance on that side of the pitch.”

Injuries to Grant Basey and Kelly Youga had seen Parkinson take Notts County's Johnnie Jackson on loan last month.

However, the former Colchester United man suffered a hamstring injury in the recent 2-0 win over Stockport County and, after being ruled out for six weeks, he returned to Meadow Lane.

Without a recognised left-back, Parkinson decided to move into the loan market again to snare Borrowdale, who has been handed squad number 38, from Rangers.

London-born Borrowdale, who can also operate in central defence, began his career at Crystal Palace, making his Eagles debut as a 17-year-old in December 2002.

He went on to become a regular fixture in Palace's first XI and had amassed 100 appearances by the age of 21.

Named the club's young player of the year in the 2006/07 season, Borrowdale departed the Eagles when his contract expired to team up with former Palace boss Iain Dowie at Coventry City, a move which eventually cost the Sky Blues £650,000 at a tribunal.

Borrowdale enjoyed initial success at the Ricoh Arena, playing in Coventry's famous 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September 2007 and in the 4-1 FA Cup third-round demolition of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in January 2008.

He found the going tougher in his second season in the West Midlands, though, spending one month on loan at Colchester in September 2008. Two months later, he made a similar move to QPR, a deal which became permanent the following January.

Borrowdale joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the season in March following an injury to first choice left-back Jim McNulty, making 12 appearances for the Seagulls.

This term he has featured in 26 league and cup games for Rangers. His last league start for the Hoops came in a 3-1 defeat at Watford on December 7th, but he has made five substitute appearances since then.

Six-foot tall Borrowdale, who has represented England at U17, U18, U19 and U20 level, is still looking for his first goal in senior football. Charlton

- R's defender Gary Borrowdale has joined League One side Charlton Athletic on loan.
- The left-back will remain with the Addicks until Thursday 15th April 2010.
- Charlton currently occupy third spot in the third tier, trailing current front-runners Norwich by 12 points.

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